Authorities in the southwestern province of Sichuan have denied rumors of another massive earthquake threatening the devastated region, amid continuing allegations of corruption aimed at local officials.
Authorities in Sichuan have announced that China's tough family planning regulations will be relaxed to accommodate parents whose children have been severely injured or killed in the recent earthquake, along with those wishing to adopt an orphan from the disaster-hit region.
Citizens in China have formed surveillance groups to supervise aid distribution to millions hit by the May 12 earthquake, as officials promise full accountability for relief supplies administered by the Chinese Red Cross.
More than 100,000 soldiers, police, officials, rescuers, and volunteers are racing to save lives in the wake of China's devastating earthquake. But the body count is rising, and aid efforts now are focused on getting clean water to millions of survivors.